World Environment Day 2018
World Environment Day 2018 takes place on Monday 5th June. Established by the UN and first held in 1974 the day encourages awareness and focuses on driving action needed to protect and preserve our precious environment. “Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme for 2018 as chosen by this year’s host India and encourages all of us to think about small changes we could all make in our daily lives to reduce plastic pollution. Single-use, disposable plastic accounts for 50% of all plastic used by us which has resulted in huge environmental damage. Plastic pollutes our oceans, marine life and our water supplies and may ultimately affect our health.
If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.
There are many ways in which we can reduce our reliance on single-use plastic. Simple ideas like carrying an eco-friendly shopping bag
Refuse plastic cutlery and instead use a bamboo spork and refuse that wasteful plastic straw, ask instead for an eco-friendly alternative.
Further aims for this year's World Environment Day 2018 are to improve recycling, increase more efficient waste management together with the phasing out of microbeads and the promotion of innovative alternatives to plastic.
An excellent blog by SLO, a social enterprise company making sustainable, eco-friendly swimwear, examines the damage inflicted on our oceans and marine life by plastic and the solutions that we can all take onboard. https://sloactive.com/plastic-pollution/
CALL TO ACTION
"This World Environment Day, we’re calling on every plastic consumer to exercise their buying power by refusing single-use plastics".